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ends presidents day at sleep train. live from the kgo tv broadcast center, this is "abc7 news." the search is on for the runaway driver in a deadly hit and run in the south bay. good afternoon. i'm ama daetz. >> and i'm dan ashley. larry beil is on assignment. it happened overnight in san jose. police have found the car, so they know who they are looking for. david louie has been following the story all day. david? >> reporter: dan and ama, winchester boulevard has designated bike lanes but they alone do not protect bicyclists. the driver responsible for killing a man is still at large, but the name of the victim has not been released pending notification of next of kin. san jose found the bicyclist on the ground. the man was pronounced dead at
the scene. witnesses saw a red honda drive off north bound on winchester. a red car with extensive front end damage was found this morning about two blocks north of the crash site. the restaurant was closed overnight so no one saw the driver. >> i reported it and the police came in and said the car was involved in an accident in a hit and run. i didn't know then until they told me. he said somebody was killed with that car. that really shocked me. >> reporter: an officer told him a bottle of beer was found inside. the license plate apparently fell off and was also found inside the car. miguel gonzalez says police have been cracking down on speeding along winchester boulevard. >> a police with a motorcycle has been stopping cars lately
because they drive on this street 50, 60 miles per hour. >> reporter: however, enforcement did not prevent this accident. >> if they're out here at night, be careful because people fly through here. i try to stay off the sidewalks at night. >> reporter: in san jose, david louie, "abc7 news." a 50-year-old woman was killed this morning when a car hit her in san francisco. this was just before 8:00 a.m. investigators say the car was traveling quite fast when it struck the woman. the driver stayed at the scene. no word on whether the driver will face charges. it's been an emotional afternoon for family and friends of richmond police officer gus vegas shot and killed yesterday inside his vallejo home. they gathered today to thank the public for the outpouring of support and to share their thoughts about the veteran officer and family man. >> i can't help but reflect b k
back -- reflect back growing up with a dad that would literally wear his shoes until the soles of the shoe would separate just to make sure he had food on the table. >> the suspect, 30-year-old robert vega, is in custody. he's the father of officer vegas' grandson. at 5:00, find out what his wife is saying about the suspect. developing news. sky 7 hd shows what used to be a house in pacifica, now destroyed by fire. smoke is still pouring out of the charred wreckage. it started at 2:30 this afternoon. it is also sitting on the edge of the bluff just north of the pacifica pier. firefighters extinguished the fire in about one hour. no one was hurt. police are still at the scene of a stabbing where a man killed his own father. it happened inside an apartment.
police say they got 911 calls from neighbors who heard somebody "i don't want to die." when officers died, the young man who answered the door was covered in blood. >> they came across a man believed to be the father of the 21-year-old that opened the front door, deceased, suffering from critical stab wounds. >> family members who arrived at the apartment were in shock. police have arrested the victim's son for murder. they're not saying what may have been behind this deadly confrontation. >> frightening accident just before noon involving a muni bus and several vehicles. >> kristen sze is here with the video of the chain reaction accident. >> reporter: at least four vehicles playing twist we are a large muni bus. it happened around 11:30 this morning. sky 7 hd captured the crash scene moments after it happened.
a vehicle was going fast when it rear ended another vehicle as it was turning and this was the result. the white truck with its tail in the air pushed at a crazy angle on top of a sedan, smashing into the muni bus. muni officials tell nooul new the bus was stopped at the time waiting for a red light. it had only a driver and one passenger on board. neither was injured. the driver of the pickup is also okay, but two people inside the crushed sedan, a man and a woman, were injured. they've been taken to the hospital. a couple of other vehicles also got tangled up, but no additional injuries. muni was detoured for a while, but reopened after crews removed the wrecked vehicles. >> thank you so much, kristen. let's turn to the weather and get ready for some heat. >> spencer christian is here with our accuweather update. >> the heat will be on beginning
sunday, valentine's day. we have mainly sunny skies right now, nice, mild day, but still some rough surf. wave heights up to 14 feet in some beach locations and there is concern about large, dangerous breakers and sneaker waves and strong rip currents. let's take a live view from emeryville at the western sky. 62 degrees in san francisco. in oakland, 64. 68 degrees right now in morgan hill and a cool 57 at half moon bay. this is the view at the golden gate bridge. currently 72 in santa rosa. 68 in fairfield. westward from the east bay hills, partly cloudy, mild this evening. a mix of son and high clouds tomorrow morning. mostly sunny and mild tomorrow, highs from the mid 60s at the coach to low 70s inland.
i'll show you when we can see almost 80 degrees inland in my forecast. now we move to the iconic sporting event that's just wrapped up. check that out, the world's best surfers rode some best waves in the titans of mavericks competition. but did those waves live up to expectations? wayne freedman joins us live with the latest. >> reporter: good afternoon, and we're just looking at the dock right now. if you look down there, that man surrounded by those cameras, that is the winner and he's local from santa cruz. nick land, 28 years old, first competed here when he was 14 years old. he was the first alternate in 2008. he went through three heats today. he's won a $30,000 prize. that's the end of the story. now let's look at the rest of it. this is what visitors to the big wave surf competition come to
see, preferably in person, through their own eyes, their own cameras or binoculars. at that moment, that wave belongs to one lone surfer. >> just awesome to look at. >> reporter: the challenge is that views here no longer exist. >> we're a little bummed, so we have plan b. we're going fishing. >> reporter: fishing when 24 of the best surfers in the world were the attraction here today riding waves 20 to 40 feet high. parking, well, somebody made money today. bars and restaurants, believe it, this was 9:00 a.m. >> when is the last time you saw this bar filled at 9:00 a.m.? >> probably the last time mavericks hit. >> reporter: this is the one place to review that surfing
contest they don't tell you about. the action is way, way down there. see those dots? probably not. and now the best of both worlds, watching from a distance along with a live scene on a handheld device. so you would rather be here with your fees than sitting down below having a beer? >> yeah. >> reporter: at mavericks, it's ault about priorities. from pillar point, wayne freedman, "abc7 news." officials continue their campaign to stop scams in the city's chinese community. "abc7 news" was in portsmouth square as police and staff from the district attorney's office handed out these bags to folks. they a they are printing off with a warning of the blessing scam. >> they prey on people's
religious beliefs and superstitions. they come in and speak their language. >> the d.a. investigated 47 of these scams in 2012. but after getting the message out to the chinese community, there were no case last year. they want to make sure it stays that way. this afternoon, crews are evaluating a possible mechanical problem on an american airlines flight this morning. this is the second american flight to take off from san jose in the past two days that encountered a mechanical issue. yesterday, a plane had to land in los angeles. still ahead on "abc7 news" at 4:00, parents anxious after two girls were found sot to death on a school campus. why there is no search for a gunman. fighting gu ining buhly -- and finding new friends. >> and michael finney will answer your questions here live
administration building at independence high school, each with a single gunshot wound. >> these two young women were found next to each other with a weapon found beside them. >> police did not have any information on the relationship between the girls and working to determine if one was the shooter. some parents expressed frustration about not getting information quickly enough. this shooting happened on the same day as an exclusive interview with sue clebolt. >> her son dilan and his friend killed 13 people before taking their own lives. it's been 17 years since the columbine high school shootings in colorado. >> reporter: she thought her love would be enough. >> i think we like to believe our love and our understanding is protective, and if anything were wrong with my kids, i would know. >> reporter: tonight, she tells
abc news' diane sawyer what it's like to be the mother of a mass murderer. >> it is very hard to live with the fact that someone you loved and raised has brutally killed people in such a horrific way. >> reporter: she's thought of the victims every day since 1999. >> all these kids and the teacher. and i keep thinking, constantly thought how i would feel if it were the other way around and one of their children had shot mine. i would feel exactly the way they did, i know i would. >> reporter: diane sawyer says she chose to break her silence hoping to prevent future violence. >> if there is something we can learn to try to prevent, we have to learn it. >> you can watch diane sawyer's
entire exclusive interview on a special edition of "20/20" tonight at 10:00. it's difficult being a teenager, but some students are helping fight isolation and bullying. >> it started right here in the bay area. lyanne melendez has this story. >> reporter: it's become a tradition at many schools and today we were invited to see what the kids at this middle school in daley city were up to. rather than spend time on their electronic devices, students socialized instead. you have to sit down with someone you don't normally hang out with and get to know that person. the event was started in the baby a nonprofit called beyond differences. and lunch was a community affair. >> you really want to go here to have an experience and make friends and memories. i really wanted that to be the
mindset of people when they went to school. >> reporter: no one eats alone has 500,000 students participating at 700 schools across 38 states. the students here say they hope students become more empathetic towards their peers so no one is socially isolated. a lawsuit filed against facebook will go forward in france. a paris court ruled the social network can be sued for removing the account of a french user who posted a 19th century nude painting. he's asking for $22,000 in damages. no comment from facebook, but it has restrictions regarding nudity on its community standards page. tonight at 11:00, the hidden world of emojis. >> talking about sex, drugs,
talk about neighborhoods. you name it. >> the hidden world of emojis that parents should be aware of is tonight at 11:00. let's talk about the weekend weather forecast. >> spencer christian is here with our forecast. spencer? >> it's good to start off like today and get perhaps nicer, if you like that kind of weather, warmer. here's a look at doppler 7 hd. it's nice right now, mainly sunny skies with high clouds. mere's a live view at sfo showing the partly cloudy skies. a sharp warmup begins valentine's day. temperatures approach 80 degrees monday and tuesday. then it turns cooler on wednesday, with a chance of rain on thursday. here's a look at why we have this warm pattern, two warm air masses bumping up against each other. causing temperatures to bounce up sharply on sunday. take a look at high temperatures
projected for the week ahead in san jose. notice 75 on sunday, which is valentine's day. and then near 80 on monday and tuesday with a sharp dropoff on temperatures wednesday. san francisco, similar high temperature pattern over the next seven days. a high of 73 here in the city. 75 tuesday, and dropping off to 60s on wednesday. why the big dropoff on wednesday? well, it's going to be cloudier, much cooler on wednesday and wednesday night, it will rain, continuing into thursday morgue. and then continuing further into the day on thursday into thursday afternoon. doesn't look like a major storm yet, but at this point it's been so dry we'll be happy with any rain. overnight tonight, look for perhaps some fog pushing up. overnight lows in the mid to upper 40s, although san francisco will see a low of 51
degrees. tomorrow, mainly sunny skies, high clouds thin out as sunday approaches. tomorrow, a mild day with highs in the mid 60s at the coast, near 70 around the bay. and some low 70s, a sprinkling of low 70s inland. check out the seven-day forecast. the warmup starts on sunday, valentine's day. highs near 80 degrees in some locations, monday and tuesday. then a sharp ten-degree or more drop in temperatures on wednesday with rain moving in late wednesday, continuing into thursday. and this storm ranked one on our storm impact scale, which we use to alert you to the intensity of each storm. so this will be a relatively light storm, bringing much-needed rainfall. dan and ama? >> thank you, spencer. coming up next, the nba all-star weekend and the warriors are representing. >> to get three guys to represent, you know, the whole squad is definitely important.
>> steph curry on the game and the warriors' huge season. and we're using our instagram feed to celebrate the people making a difference where you live. today we recognize it's all good bakery, which turns 20 next month. the family owned bakery was the first headquarters for the black panther party. you can learn more on our instagram
sit nba similar weekend and three warriors are in toronto. they will participate in sunday's game. today was media day and curry talked about how much he wanted to fin wish the best record of all time. >> pretty dad. like i said, we're here and we have the opportunity to go for it. if we don't get there, i don't think it will be a huge disappointment. we'll still have a special season. >> the rising stars challenge
tips off in a few hours. tomorrow night, green will take part in the skills challenge and curry and thompson will have a rematch at the three-point shooting competition. all three will play in the all-star game on sunday. and larry beil will report live in the all-star game this weekend. his live reports air tomorrow and sunday on "abc7 news." you can follow his updates on twitter. tomorrow, the giants hold their fan fest at at&t park. but some supporters were there today helping shoot the team's commercial. hunter pence was one of several players involved in the shooting. spring training, that's just around the corner with pitchers and catchers reporting one week from today. if you were down to your last dollar, would you spend it on a lottery ticket? >> that's what a pizza delivery driver did and boy, did it pay
off. he won $1.2 million on a lottery scratcher. he said he didn't realize he won at first, but you can see his reaction once it sunk in. >> i look over at my nephew, did that just happen? >> the winnings could not have come at a better time. he was down to his last few dollars and was moving out of his apartment because he didn't have enough to cover rent. he's taking the lump sum of $700,000. "abc7 news" at 4:00 continues. north korea won't give up its nuclear program. plus, the hope on his way to mexico. what is ahead for this trip. as we close in on valentine's day, what is the best gift for your loved one? wait till you hear what some stanford researchers are suggesting.
grandson. "abc7 news" was at an emotional news conference this afternoon at the family's church. the family pastor talked about gus' love for the denver broncos and how his family watched the super bowl last sunday. a motive hasn't been released. "abc7 news" reporter vic lee spoke with the widow of the man who died after getting swept away by strong waves. coming up at 5:00, how she hopes this story will prevent others from drowning. and lyanne melendez tweeted out this picture of a nasty accident this morning. fortunately no one was seriously hurt. fbi bomb teams didn't find any explosives or traps at a national wildlife refuge in oregon occupied by protesters. the group surrendered yesterday after a standoff that lasted more than a month. marci gonzalez has the latest. >> reporter: today, the four final occupiers of this national wildlife refuge in oregon, preparing to face a judge on
felony charges after yesterday's tense showdown. >> come out with your hands up. >> no, we're not. >> reporter: they finally surrendered peacefully, ending a more than 40-day standoff. the tense negotiations with federal agents played out over a live streamed phone call. the group was demanding the federal government turn over public lands to local control. last month, the standoff leaders were arrested during the traffic stop and the group spokesman was shot and killed when investigators say he reached for a gun following a police chase. in all, at least 20 people are now indicted on federal charges linked to the occupation. the wild life refuge still closed to the public but now free of armed occupiers for the first time in more than a month. >> we have said since day one, our goal has been to end this illegal occupation peace any and we are grateful we were able to
do so. >> reporter: marci gonzalez, abc news, new york. a massive warehouse fire in new jersey that burned out of control for nearly 20 hours is finally contained. the fire broke out yesterday afternoon inside an industrial park just outside of trenton. massive amounts of spoke poured from the building. authorities canceled classes at nearby school due to concerns over possible toxins in the smoke. the coast guard is trying to determine if the cruise ship, battered and damaged by a winter storm in the atlantic, is fit to sail right now. the crew is examining the propulsion system. the ship also sustained cosmetic damage after running into hurricane force winds. congress voted to impose more sanctions on north korea.
republican and democratic lawmakers have been pushing for more sanctions since north korea tested a nuclear device in january. the white house has agreed on the need for tougher sanctions. the governor of michigan will appear at a congressional hearing into the flint water crisis. he asked for the opportunity to testify before the house oversight committee. a date for the hearing hasn't been sit. governor snider is under fire for his handling of the crisis. republican presidential hopefuls are wooing voters in south carolina now before the next debate there tomorrow night. and the democratic candidates are back on the trail after trading some sharp words in wisconsin last night. >> reporter: in south carolina, ahead of tomorrow's republican debate, the candidates take aim at donald trump. >> we have an entertainer, a guy
who is a reality tv star, who has been successful in his own life, but he also pushes people down to make himself look better. >> reporter: the latest polls show trump leading by a wide margin in south carolina, where he's confident enough to change tactics, pulling all attack ads from the air, going positive is a strategy john kasich says propelled him to the number two spot. >> the light outshined the darkness of negative campaigning. i think it's awfully cool. >> reporter: both democratic candidates hope for a boost after last night's debate. >> i am not asking people to support me because i'm a woman. i'm asking people to support me because i think i'm the most qualified person. >> reporter: hillary clinton tries to regain her footing after a double digit loss in new hampshire, hammering bernie sanders for details on his proposals and criticism of president obama. >> he's called him weak and a
disappointment. >> one of us ran against barack obama. i was not that candidate. >> reporter: sanders, attacking clinton, for ties to wall street. >> why in god's name does wall street make huge campaign contributions? i guess just for the fun of it. >> reporter: the democrats meet again tonight when they both attend a dinner in minnesota. the next democratic caucus is in nevada, just one week away. pope francis arrived in cuba earlier today for the first papal meeting with the head of the russian orthodox church. the meeting was about 1,000 years in the making. the catholic and orthodox churches split in the 11th century. pope francis has sent a message of condolences to the archbishop of monterey after 49 inmates
died in a north mexican city. still to come, zika and the olympics. the effect the virus could have on the summer games. ask finney is just ahead. i'm taking your questions on twitter and facebook. just search for michael finney. i'm spencer christian. we're looking at mostly sunny skies as the sun prepares to set. and a big warmup is coming our way. at 4:35, this is 80 through berkeley. slow going in both directions. east bound is on the right hand
forget chocolate this valentine's day. give your sweet heart mushrooms instead. scientists says romantic evenings wouldn't be the same without fungi. they go into producing wine and chocolate. but if you want your date a different gift, he recommends truffles. but it often costs $10,000 a pound. just stick with your box of chocolates.
>> if mushrooms aren't your style, what is the best gift for valentine's day? >> reporter: we've been asking our abc 7 community what is the best valentine's day gift you've ever given or received? steven tweeting at us, his best valentine's gift was his daughter being born on valentine's day 17 years ago. happy birthday, alex. and one person rapped in of the entire school for his girlfriend. patty got a nice gift, a brand new ford red tempo from her father-in-law on valentine's day. we want to end on a sweet note. a napa cowboy said my wife took a pregnancy test that morning,
our first baby was born in october 2013. >> to watch natasha weekdays on the morning news from 4:30 to 7:00 a.m. we hear tell that the nice weather isn't to get nicer for the weekend. >> spencer christian is here with what is ahead for us. >> that's right. if you like -- [ horn blowing ] you'll consider sunday a nice day. we have mostly sunny skies now. let's skip ahead and take a look at the snow pack, which is at 100% of normal, or average. just three weeks ago, we were at 120% of average. so trending in the wrong direction right now. let's hope for snow soon. statewide tomorrow. no snow is likely. warm down south with highs of 82. los angeles almost 90. and here in the bay area, tomorrow another mild day before
the big warmup. we'll see sunny skies with highs in the mid 60s at the coast, to around 70 near the bay and some low 70s inland. and down at pebble beach tomorrow, third round of the at&t pebble beach pro-am golf tournament gets under way under cool morning conditions with a temperature of 51 degrees at 8:00 a.m. but know to mid 60s in the afternoon. now let's look at our rain chances over the next seven days in the bay area. only a 20% chance on wednesday. but a 70% chance on thursday. so after the big warmup that begins on sunday, we'll have a cooldown wednesday and a chance of rain next week. dan and ama? >> thank you. still ahead on "abc7 news" at 4:00, roads have finally reopened but is it good news for drivers? i'm michael finney. is a verbal quote enough for your next construction project? i'll have an answer for that. >> this is a live look at traffic on your friday.
south bound. that's huge. >> closures and detours around super bowl city in san francisco were lifted last night, mercifully. amy hollyfield hit the road today to see if back to normal is a good thing for drivers. >> reporter: here is a sight we haven't seen in about three weeks. cars, buses, and trollies, driving south bound on embarcadero and market. both streets opened up last night. >> it's freedom. we get our city back. it's nice. >> reporter: the streets were shut down to accommodate super bowl city. but it took all this week to tear down the stages and exhibits, leaving the streets closed and commuters frustrated. >> the taxis, as well as the cars were not allowed to pick up in front of the ferry building. >> reporter: the earlier than expected opening was welcomed by happy commuters this morning who had been watching every day for
news. >> i kept looking at the news when the street was going to open up again. >> absolute relief to be able to catch my regular car and get to work. >> that's great. that's better, because i was working at night and it was terrible. so now that i can go through, it's beautiful. >> reporter: a spokesperson for the super bowl host committee says crews worked around the clock to get this open early. he called te vent a success and said they would do it all again. in san francisco, amy hollyfield, "abc7 news." time now for "ask finney." michael finney is here answering questions sent to him. is it standard practice to give verbal quotes for a construction job? >> no. a thousand times no. anybody who tells you that, run away really quick. here's the deal. in the state of california, any construction project that costs
more than $500 has to be put in writing. it includes your rights to cancel, all the rights you have. exactly what's going to be done. any time you make a change on a project, you need a change order to stay legal. so anybody telling you that, i would be very concerned. if it's just a handyman showing up saying i'll fix your fence for $100, you don't need it then. but any real project, everything, everything. >> good to know. >> lynn e-mailed, can restaurants still charge us a healthy san francisco surcharge? >> you're thinking, now we have the affordable care act, also known as obamacare. so can they still charge me for healthy san francisco? the answer is yes. they're still allowed to do that. many of the people who work in restaurants do not qualify for the affordable care act. for one, you have to be a legal resident here this the united states before you can sign up for the affordable care act.
that is not the rule for healthy san francisco. it covers many more people. >> finally here, robin e-mails, is publishers clearinghouse a legitimate contest? >> yes. one time they called me up and said, we're going deliver the check, do you want to go with us? i did and it is completely real. the one down side, there's a lot of people copying them. a lot of rip-offs that try to convince you that they are the publisher's clearinghouse. they are not. now, back in the day, they got busted a couple of times for throwing away -- minor stuff. but sign up if you so wish. >> good to know. thank you so much, michael. the world health organization says possible zika vaccines are at least 18 months away from large scale trials. the agency says response to the outbreak is proceeding quickly, with 15 companies or groups identified as possible
participants in the hunt for vaccines. also today, the president of the international olympic committee says there is no intention by any countries to pull out of the summer games in brazil over concerns about the zika virus. tonight at 5:30, the u.s. women who say they've suffered miscarriages because of zika. comedian roseanne bar is investing in a new medical marijuana dispensary in southern california. it's called roseanne's joint and it's one of 20 dispensaries opening in santa ana. she is a medical marijuana user and was vocal about legalizing pot when she ran for president in 2012. dementia rates are falling in the united states, but researchers are not sure why. >> despite an aging population, a new study says dementia rates in the united states are dropping. but more research is needed to
pin point the reason. the boston university findings show that dementia caused by strokes and other vascular issues, the decrease was more pronounced. there's a new book out about dirt, basically, not to be afraid of. children today grow up in a world that is too sanitized. this new book, growing healthy kids straight from the soil, says spending time around farms, parks and other green space can be healthy. tylenol has been tied to asthma. the more tylenol, the higher the risk. i'm jane king. here's to your health. "abc7 news" at 4:00 continues. coming up next, can your smartphone help predict earthquakes? the new app trying to tap into a
worldwide network to detect seismic activity before the shaking begins. coming up next, a drill for a ship in distress. and the coast guard flying out for the rescue. and saving the state's wildest landscapes. the large swath of california now protected forever. those stories and more when i join dan for "abc7 news" at 5:00.
all right. a big primetime lineup here, beginning with "be my valentine, charlie brown" at 8:00. "shark tank at 9:00." at 10:00, it's "20/20." uc berkeley launched an app that makes your cell phone an earthquake sensor. it could be part of an early warning system eventually. katie is here to explain the system that has the potential to save lives. katie? >> reporter: imagine i'm near the epicenter of an earthquake and my cell phone records the waves as it's happening. then you could send the data back to berkeley, which then could be sent out to people
miles away, warning them that those earthquake waves, the shakes are heading their way. now, imagine if all the students here at uc berkeley downloaded it. then we have hundreds and thousands of mobile earthquake sensors all around the bay area. it has the potential, yes, to save lives. and developers say that you can help out by downloading the app. >> california, 500 or so. >> reporter: designed in california. >> chile, peru, puerto rico. >> reporter: and downloaded across the world. developers of the my shake app await data from earthquakes. >> so we're a little jittery right now, too. >> reporter: louis is part of the team working with uc berkeley's seismology lab, turning your mobile phone into a quake center. >> it will record the ground shaking, send that data to our system. we can use that data to understand the process beneath us, how the buildings around us
respond to these earthquakes and we'll have more data than we have from the traditional seismic network. >> the value is thatensors. here in california, there may be 16 million smartphones. >> reporter: once it's been thoroughly tested and deemed accurate, the app could evolve into an early warning system, especially important for places like nepal. >> here an alert can save lives. so it becomes vital in a country where there is no early warning system. >> reporter: it's free to download for android users. we'll post a link to the appen our website, abc7news.com. and that will do it for this edition of "abc7 news" at 4:00. thank you for joining us. i'm ama daetz. "abc7 news" at 5:00 begins right now with kristen and dan.
life as a father, he ultimately sacrificed. >> a family speaks for the first time on the killing of off duty police officer gus vegas. wipeout at maverick. the veteran surfer who nearly drowned. and why authorities felt compelled to hold an emergency drill today. >> the truck, the car, and the bus that got way too close to one another. i'm meteorologist sandhya patel. i have a valentine's forecast that is sure to warm your heart. live, from the kgo tv broadcast center, this is "abc7 news." a child is comforted. a wife wipes her eyes. another cannot hold back her grief. tonight, the family who loved officer gus vegas honors his memory and takes a moment to say thanks. >> the compassion. the generosity and the love that
we're receiving is a testament to the life that he led. >> good evening. i'm kristen sze. >> for the first time we're hearing from the family of richmond police officer gus vegas. he was killed in his home early yesterday in a domestic dispute involving his grandson's father. we're live from church on the hill where the family gathered today with a surprising message. melanie? >> reporter: yeah, dan, it was here on these church grounds that officer gus vegas' wife, sandra, told me the entire family has already forgiven robert vega, accused of shooting and killing officer vegas. in the midst of unbearable pain, an act of tremendous bravery, one step at a time. >> growing up with a dad that would literally wear his shoes until the soles of the shoes
would separate just to make sure we had food on the table. >> reporter: this is a family whose love knows no limits. >> i can't help but to think now the compassion, the generosity and the love that we're receiving is a testament to that life that he led. >> reporter: that life marked by service. >> the life of a police officer that he devoted to protecting others, and a life of a father that he ultimate hi sacrificed if protecting his family. >> reporter: his life ended thursday morning. a father of one of his grandchildren, 30-year-old robert vega, is accused of shooting and killing him. off camera, sandra vega said robert vega called gus dad. she jumped from the home's second story window because she didn't think she would see her 6-year-old grandson again.